Greenway Named with $250,000 Announced for Trail On!

Cypher Systems Group Greenway name revealed

Essex – Our region’s most anticipated trail project has reached its campaign goal.  Cypher Systems Group announced today a $250,000 multi-year gift to complete the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, bringing the vision of a region connected by trails one step closer to reality.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation held a gathering of donors, trail enthusiasts, corporate partners, and stakeholders to announce that the trail will be named the Cypher Systems Group Greenway.

“Cypher Systems Group is proud to support the Trail On! campaign, encouraging our communities to connect with the environment in a healthy, active lifestyle,” said  Brian Schwab, President, Cypher Systems Group .  “We look forward to our partnership with the Foundation as part of our goal is to engage and educate our employees on healthy active living.”

“Today, with this gift from Cypher Systems Group, and support from the Federal government, the Town of Essex and many corporate and individual donations, we are pleased to announce we have reached our goal to complete the Greenway,” said Susan Stockwell Andrews, President, Board of Directors, Essex Region Conservation Foundation.  “The Trail On! campaign has raised over $1 million!”

“Green spaces, trails and a healthy environment directly contribute to our region being recognized as a place of choice for people to live, visit, and invest.  Trails improve the communities where they are built, which is why we are so pleased to be celebrating another success with our partners,” said Stockwell Andrews.

The abandoned rail line was first donated to the Foundation for development in 2003.  This property stretches 26 kilometres, from the urban centre of Essex, to the Town of Amherstburg and intersects with the existing Chrysler Canada Greenway in McGregor.  A portion of the greenway was completed in 2010. The Foundation launched its Trail On! campaign in 2012 to raise the funds to complete the project.

“It will connect the towns of Essex and Amherstburg to a greater community trail network, including the Chrysler Canada Greenway and municipal trails,” said Richard Wyma, Executive Director.  “With dollars invested from the community since 2012, the Greenway construction will begin in Spring 2016, and be completed by mid 2017.”

Completing this greenway will support active living, promote economic diversity, and provide a meaningful outdoor experience for a healthier, more sustainable community.  “Recreation has become a rapidly growing tourism activity,” said Wyma “These investments will enhance our regional tourism industry and enhance quality of life for local residents who can also enjoy the trail.”

“This campaign provides a community-wide benefit that is not specific to one city, town, or organization,” said Wyma.  “Your support of the Trail On! campaign benefits everyone in the Windsor-Essex region by connecting our communities, and connecting us to our landscapes through trails. While we celebrate the success of the campaign, there is still more work to do.  Our Trail On! campaign will continue to raise funds for community entrances, trail amenities, and long term improvements.”

Individuals and companies interested in supporting the Trail On! campaign are encouraged to contact Susanne Tomkins of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation at 519-776-5209 x366. For more information about the trail and the work of the Foundation visit www.ourgreenlegacy.org

Trail On! Successes to Date:

  • Campaign kicked off in 2012 with a $25,000 donation from Caesars Windsor at the Caesars Windsor Community Entrance on the Chrysler Canada Greenway.
  • To date over $1million raised locally from community support
  • Donations include corporate support from Caesars Windsor, Green Shield of Canada, Windsor Family Credit Union, Cypher Systems Group,  and Windsor Cardiac Centre
  • In 2013 held the first successful Matching Grant Challenge, sponsored by Richard & Colleen Peddie, over $20,000 raised
  • In 2014 a second successful Matching Grant Challenge was held, sponsored by the Foundation Board of Directors, over $6,000 raised

About the Essex Region Conservation Foundation

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation supports ERCA by raising the funds required to reforest and green the Essex region, provide conservation education, protect those significant natural areas that remain, plant new forests in strategic locations, restore wetlands, protect cultural heritage, and increase green connections through acquiring and developing trails.